Getting Settled

Final Details

If you receive a letter from United Van Lines or Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage after the move, don’t discard it without opening.  It might contain information concerning your move. Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place.  You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax return.

If you need information about your move—the types of services performed, charges for these services or interpretations of United’s policies and procedures—please contact Mergenthaler Transfer at 800-826-5463.  We will thoroughly research your question and furnish a comprehensive answer as quickly as possible.

Settling In

Check with the office for any mail being held, and ask for delivery to start.

Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and an operator’s license.

Once you’ve selected a family physician and dentist, you’ll need to have records transferred.  Usually, dental records can be sent to your new dentist by simply making a phone call.  Transferring medical records from your previous physician normally requires a written request and your signature.  If you want to obtain any previous hospital records on your health history, write the medical records department at the hospital where you were a patient.  You’ll need to include your previous physician’s name and the name of your new doctor.

You might want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county and/or city.  Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc.  Most laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new state and city is established.

A New Family Life

Get acquainted!  Meeting new people can be a wonderful adventure.  Get in touch with local organizations that specialize in helping new residents get to know the community.  They will be glad to have you call or visit them.  Check the Yellow Pages under “Welcoming Services for Newcomers.” Ask questions!  Your neighbors will bring you up-to-date on the local improvement association, annual neighborhood outing and other local customs. Call or visit the public library, historical society and the tourism/visitors bureau.  They’ll have many suggestions of things to do and places to visit.

As soon as possible, register to vote.

Locate the selected schools.  Take the children, introduce yourself and register them.

Destination Information

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